from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Southwestern U.S. A deep ravine or gorge.
  • n. Southwestern U.S. A bluff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A steep-sided gulch or arroyo; a canyon or ravine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ravine caused by heavy rains or a watercourse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A deep ravine, mountain-gorge, or defile: a word frequently used by writers on Mexican and South American geography and travel.


Spanish, probably of Iberian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish barranca (Wiktionary)



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  • If wadi will work in Casablanca
    Or canyon in old Salamanca,
    When gulch and ravine,
    And gully all mean
    Arroyo, what need of barranca?

    April 4, 2016